Okay, I’ll cut to the chase: this blog post is not a movie review so if you came here to read one, I’m sorry to disappoint. Instead, this is a reaction, or rather, an act of inspiration I felt after watching Fighting with My Family.
Watch the movie trailer below:
Here’s some background:
Last week, I hosted a private movie screening premiere featuring this film at Century 9 in San Francisco, in collaboration with Allied SF (big shout out to Marilyn!).
In promoting this event, I did a fan ticket giveaway and was told the download capacity was just about gone in one day. Prior to this, I didn’t know much about the movie, but thought it was a fun way to showcase a movie where the main character is a woman pro wrestler. When I finally did my research, little did I know it was based on a true story about a sister and a brother, who were destined to be in the pro wrestling industry by way of the family business and earned an opportunity to try out for the WWE.
As someone who won three world boxing titles, I also lived a life in the professional combat entertainment industry and instantly connected to the plot. Finally! A real life story about people who dared to make a living in following their love of controlled combat–I’m in! I’m a sucker for underdog stories and I love the premise of “be the first you.” Don’t we all struggle with that everyday?
I won’t give any spoilers here, but will share my top five thoughts and quotes that came to mind after watching the movie.
Before the movie began, I gave an introduction to the audience and shared what resonated with me right away: the fact that the main character, Paige, made her mark as a woman in a male-dominated industry. Check out the private screening highlights in the video below:
What makes any story of adversity worthwhile are the choices made in those moments: does one stay true to oneself versus submitting to social norms? How do you decide?
In preparation to good decision making, some people try to plan things out.
As Mike Tyson famously said, “Everyone has a plan ’til they get punched in the mouth.”
So what do you do if you are the first of your kind? How do you know what’s right? Or what’s wrong? Who has your back during tough times? What do you do when no one else in the world believes in you except you? Do you fear opportunity and the glory of failure and triumph? How good can you take it? As it’s been said: Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.
Here’s one of my favorite dialogues in a scene: In the middle of the day, an old man kicks open the door of an unlit room creating a thunderous sound that awakens his startled young disciple. In a firm voice, the old man says:
“What’s the difference between a hero and a coward? There ain’t no difference. Inside they’re both exactly alike. Both are scared of dying, or getting hurt. It’s what the hero does makes him a hero. What the other guy doesn’t do makes him a coward.”
Which brings to this quote:
“It is in the moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” -Tony Robbins
When you crossed the fork in the road, what influenced you to choose one way over the other? Were you content with your choice? Were you under certain circumstances that left you with limited alternatives? Take a moment to reflect on defining moments in your life and identify the root of your decision making. When I trained under Freddie Roach before becoming his 28th world champion, he would say, “If you chose it, deal with it.”
Our attitude during favorable times versus undesirable ones dictate how far and how fast we move from one phase of our lives to the next. When a fighter steps in the ring and takes the biggest blow of her/his life for the first time, a question flashes in a split second: Do I throw in the towel? Or get right back in there and finish the round? Decisions are made every second in the ring as in life.
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox
On a personal note, going to the premiere was the first time in over a decade (maybe even two) that I went to the movies with my family. As Vern Glenn says in his review, Fighting With My Family is the first “Feel Good” movie of 2019. It was an absolute joy to see the three generations within my family sitting together having a wonderful time watching a brilliantly entertaining family movie.
As I mentioned earlier, not quite a review, but more so my thoughts on fighting and how it reflects in every aspect of our lives. This movie depicts that and shows the essence of what we all encounter in our own lives on a daily basis and reminds us and inspires us to find greatness in everything, through defeat and victory.
Fighting With My Family shows in American theaters on Friday, February 22. If you decided to watch it, come back and share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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